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Versioning is a concept where you can configure the repository to store multiple versions of
objects. You can configure a repository for versioning when you create it, or you can upgrade an
existing repository to support versioned objects. With object versioning, you can store copies of
previous versions of objects in development, track changes to those objects, and prepare them for
deployment to a production environment.

A versioned repository assigns multiple version numbers to versions of the same object. Each time
you check in an object, the repository increments the version number by one and stores a new
version of the object in the repository database.

A repository enabled for versioning can store multiple versions of the following objects:

Sources
Targets
Transformations
Mappings
Mapplets
Sessions
Tasks
Workflows
Worklets
Session configurations
Schedulers
Cubes
Dimensions

Tasks on Versioned Object

You can complete the following tasks when you work with a versioned object in the Repository
Manager, Designer, and Workflow Manager.

View object version properties. Each versioned object has a set of version properties
and a status. You can also configure the status of a folder to freeze all objects it contains
or make them active for editing.
Track changes to an object. You can view a history that includes all versions of a given
object, and compare any version of the object in the history to any other version. With the
history, you can determine changes made to an object over time.

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Check out or check in the versioned object. You can check out an object to reserve it
while you edit the object. When you check in an object, the repository saves a new version
of the object, and you can add comments to the version. You can also find objects
checked out by yourself and other users.
View multiple versions of an object in the workspace. You can view multiple versions
of an object in the workspace of the Designer and Workflow Manager.
Apply labels to objects. You can create labels to associate with any versioned object or
group of versioned objects in a repository. Use labels to track versioned objects during
development, improve query results, and associate groups of objects for deployment or
import and export.
Group objects for deployment. You can create groups of versioned objects to deploy to
another repository or folder. Use the result set from an object query to group objects for
deployment. Or, you can create a static group of objects for deployment.
Delete or purge the object version. You can delete an object from view and continue to
store it in the repository. You can recover, or undelete, deleted objects. If you want to
permanently remove an object version, you can purge it from the repository.

Viewing Object History

The history of an object is a record of all of the versions of an object stored in the repository, going
back to the initial version, version number one. You can view user changes to an object, the date
and time of changes, and comments associated with and labels applied to each version. If you or
another user purges a version from the repository, the object history retains a record of the version
in the object history and specifies the user who purged the version. You can view object history in
the Designer, Repository Manager, and Workflow Manager.

Use the following methods to view the object version history in the Designer or Workflow Manager:

Right-click the object in the Navigator and click Versioning > View History.
Right-click the object in the workspace and click Versioning > View History.
Select the object in the workspace and click Versioning > View History from the menu.

Checking Out Objects

To edit an object, you must check out the object. When you check out an object, the repository
obtains a write-intent lock on the object. No other repository users can edit the object when you
have it checked out. If you disconnect from the repository and do not save the object, it remains

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checked out to you, but you lose the changes you made to it. An object is checked out by default
when you create, copy, replace, or import it.

To check out an object:

1. Select the object you want to check out. Click Versioning > Check Out.
2. In the Check Out dialog box, enter an optional comment in the comment field.
3. Click OK to check out the object, or Apply to All to apply the checkout comment to multiple

objects.

Viewing Checked-Out Objects

In the Designer, Workflow Manager, or Repository Manager, you can view the list of object the
users have checked out. You can use this feature to check in all of the objects you have checked
out or to see if an object is available for you to check out. You can narrow or broaden the search
for checked-out objects in the following ways:
By folder. Search for checkouts in the selected folder, or search all folders in the

repository.

By user. Search for objects you checked out, or search for objects checked out by all
users in the repository.

To view checkouts:

1. Click Versioning > Find Checkouts.

2. Select options to narrow or broaden the search, and click OK.

Checking In Objects

You must save an object before you can check it in. When you check in an object, the repository
creates a new version of the object and assigns it a version number. The repository increments the
version number when you check in an object. You must check in an object to purge it. If you save
an object without checking it in, the changes are committed to the repository, and the object
remains checked out until you check it in. You can check in objects from the Designer, Workflow
Manager, or Repository Manager. You can also check in an object from the View History, View
Checkouts, View Dependencies, and Query Results windows.

To check in an object:

1. Select the object or objects. Click Versioning > Check in.
2. In the Check In dialog box, enter a comment in the comment field.

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4. Click OK to check in the object or Apply to All to apply the comment to multiple objects.

When you check in an object, the repository creates a new version of the object and increments
the version number by one.

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